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When the conflagration that came to be popularly referred to as Post-Election Violence (PEV) erupted at the end of 2007 and rolled out into the first quarter of 2008, the consensus opinion coalesced around the fact that there must have been a background to this state of affairs. It couldn’t just have happened: as was correctly observed, barring mass-insanity, and this was never shown to have been the case, hundreds of people don’t just wake up one morning and in unison begin torching their neighbor’s houses, slice up their cattle with machetes, rape their girls and women, chop off the men’s private parts and, in urban centres, evict owners from the houses they had painstakingly built over the years and then gleefully inhabit those dwellings and collect rent on those they do not occupy. To argue, as some did, that a stolen election victory was the matchstick and tinder which caused the inferno witnessed then was fatuous dishonesty. In other words, this state of affairs had been a long time coming. Yet, at the same time, people were not quite sure how exactly and in what specific fashion Kenya had come to where it was. Neither did the editors of what have become three (Re)Membering Kenya volumes. The first volume explored questions of identity, culture and freedom while the second one interrogated issues of marginalization and governance. Recognizing that how and where people make money often shapes their relationship with others in the same or in different spaces of production (Re)Membering Kenya Volume 3: Governance, Citizenship and Economics attempts to interrogate the interplay between economics and other issues such as gender, education, environment and health. What we need to do differently in the economic sphere is the overriding question discussed in this volume. Author: Twaweza ISBN:9789966028501
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Author: Bethwell Ogot ISBN:1001969
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Professor Berman argues that the colonial state was shaped by the contradictions between maintaining effective political control with limited coercive force and ensuring the profitable articulation of metropolitan and settler capitalism with African societies. Author: Bruce Berman ISBN:9780852550694
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This is a story about British imperial rule in Africa during the middle decades of the 20th century. It asks four questions: why was Kenya’s operation so idiosyncratic and spartan compared with other British colonies? Why did a transformation from social The answers chart a new history of administrative thought and practice in colonial Kenya, looking at the ways in which white people tried to engineer social change, and opening up the dynamics of rule within the late colonial period. Author: Joanna Lewis ISBN:9780852557853
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British Army counterinsurgency campaigns were supposedly waged within the bounds of international law, overcoming insurgents with the minimum force necessary. This revealing study questions what this meant for the civilian population during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya in the 1950s, one of Britain’s most violent decolonisation wars. For the first time Huw Bennett examines the conduct of soldiers in detail, uncovering the uneasy relationship between notions of minimum force and the colonial tradition of exemplary force where harsh repression was frequently employed as a valid means of quickly crushing rebellion. Although a range of restrained policies such as special forces methods, restrictive rules of engagement and surrender schemes prevented the campaign from degenerating into genocide, the army simultaneously coerced the population to drop their support for the rebels, imposing collective fines, mass detentions and frequent interrogations, often tolerating rape, indiscriminate killing and torture to terrorise the population into submission Author: Huw Bennet ISBN:9781107656246
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Author: Henry Muoria ISBN:9966466312
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This volume describes attempts by governments to manage religious affairs in both Muslim and Christian areas of East Africa. It also shows how religious denominations act in opposition to one-party state regimes; Islamic fundamentalism Author: Holger Bernt Hansen & Michael Twaddle ISBN:9780852553848
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In the sister two volumes entitled Unhappy Valley 1 and Unhappy Valley 2, the authors investigate major themes including the conquest origins and subsequent development of the colonial state, the contradictory social forces that articulated The authors make a fresh contribution to a deeper historical understanding of contemporary Kenyan society and, in particular, of the British and Kikuyu origins of Mau Mau and the emergency of the 1950s. They also highlight some of the shortcomings of ideas about development, explore the limitations of narrowly structuralist Marxist theory of the state, and reflect on the role of history in the future of Africa. Author:Bruce Berman and John Lonsdale ISBN:9780852550229
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This long-awaited book is a considerable revision in the understanding of the history of colonial Kenya and, more widely, colonialism in Africa. There is a substantial amount of new work and this is interlocked with shared areas of concern that the authors have been exploring since 1976. The authors investigate major themes. These include the conquest origins and subsequent development of the colonial state, the contradictory social forces that articulated African societies to European capitalism, and the creation of new political communities and changing meanings of ethnicity in Africa, in the context of social differentiation and class formation. There is substantial new work on the problems of Mau Mau and of wealth, poverty and civic virtue in Kikuyu political thought. The authors make a fresh contribution to a deeper historical understanding of the development of contemporary Kenyan society and, in particular, of the British and Kukuyu origins of Mau Mau and the emergency of the 1950s. They also highlight some of the shortcomings of ideas about development, explore the limitations of narrowly structuralist Marxist theory of the state, and reflect on the role of history in the future of Africa. Book Two on Violence and Ethnicity gives new insights into popular consciousness, into revolutionary change and into the subtle realities of ethnicity; it will be of particular value to readers of Ngugi. Author: Bruce Berman and John Lonsdale ISBN:9780852550991
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